Washington, DC 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 25, 2004


The Boston Beer Company, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its chapter)





(State or other jurisdiction


(IRS Employer

of incorporation)

File Number)

Identification No.)


75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA


(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)


Registrant's telephone number, including area code (617) 368-5000


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Item 7.01.   Regulation FD Disclosure.


      On August 25, 2004, The Boston Beer Company, Inc. announced that it will be increasing its investment in television advertising, promotional and selling costs for the last four months of 2004 in a press release, a copy of which is set forth in the attached Exhibit 99.


      The information in this Form 8-K and the Exhibit 99 attached hereto is being furnished and shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, unless expressly incorporated by specific reference in such filing.


      Exhibit 99 - Press Release of The Boston Beer Company, Inc. dated August 25, 2004




      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


The Boston Beer Company, Inc.


Date: August 25, 2004

/s/ William F. Urich

William F. Urich

Chief Financial Officer


*Print name and title of the signing officer under his signature.

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